Let’s play the blame game, shall we?

Today’s player is Columbus Short, who has apparently put the blame on TMZ.com for ruining his career and destroying his family.

“My character has been assassinated, unjustly,” the former “Scandal” star told “Dish Nation.”

“I feel like, [gay TMZ founder] Harvey Levin got the proverbial hard-on for me or something because he was attacking me for no reason. What I found out, you know how it goes, these stories get money… TMZ is making all that money, but it’s blood money to me. I really believe it, because you’re destroying people’s families.”


Short’s beef with TMZ goes all the way back to February when he was arrested for allegedly beating his estranged wife, Tanee McCall. Needless to say, TMZ took the bait and generated story after story about the entertainer’s legal issues as well as his drama with McCall.

In Short’s eyes, his ex was the one supplying TMZ with the ammo to hit him where it hurts.

“My ex tended to believe that the police department were like her security guards or something,” said Short.

In addition to his personal and professional situation, the actor took time to speak on defending former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice, who has come under severe fire since TMZ published video footage of him punching his wife in a casino elevator.

“My first Instagram I said, I stand by Ray Rice. I said what he did was absolutely wrong.

However, what TMZ… the point is TMZ. I have a lot against TMZ. We are fallible. Men, we are fallible creatures, mankind. And I think everybody deserves a second chance, everybody deserves a chance to get it right,” Short told “Dish Nation.”

“TMZ being the judge and jury and the executioner of somebody’s career is ridiculous to me,” he added.

And that concludes the blame game for today. In the meantime, you’ll be happy to know that Short did host a “Scandal” season 4 premiere party Thursday night at Bugaloo Lounge on Ponce in Atlanta.

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